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The Moonlight Dreamers

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July 2016 New Gen Book of the Month.

In a Nutshell: Awesome Empowerment * Sisterly Support * Pursuing Passions

This inspirational story about following dreams and the power of female friendship is as rich, warm and cheering as being curled up with a mug of hot chocolate on a bitterly cold day.

Amber lives near London’s cosmopolitan Brick Lane with her gay dads. She loves words, Oscar Wilde and all things vintage. She hates the small-minded bullying “OMG girls” at school, and feels certain that “there must be other people like her out there somewhere. Other people who didn't fit it, or want to fit in.” And so, inspired by an Oscar Wilde quote, Amber seeks out sister Moonlight Dreamers, kindred sprits who also “dream of freedom and adventure”.

The girls who respond to Amber’s call come from very different worlds, but they come together in a spirit of solidarity to create their own secret society in which difference is celebrated, and following your dreams is de rigeur. At the inaugural meeting of the Moonlight Dreamers, they each declare their dreams and pledge to pursue them. Amber is desperate to visit Oscar Wilde's grave in Paris. Shy photographer Maali yearns for the confidence to talk to boys. Poet Sky dreams of performing at a poetry slam, and New Yorker Rose wants to own a Harley Davidson and become a patissier, against her model mom’s desire for Rose to follow in her expensively-shoed footsteps.

Utterly charming through even the girls’ most challenging moments, the author’s portrayal of female friendship and self-empowerment is sublimely enriching, and the novel ends with a glorious sense that the girls' journey is only just beginning: a lifetime of fortifying friendship and Moonlight Dreaming awaits. ~ Joanne Owen

Reader Reviews

Teens & YA's love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our older Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Kyra, age 17 - 'Within the pages of this book I lost myself, but is was within these pages that I found myself too. Sensational and unforgettable, falling in love with this book came as naturally as breathing.'
  • Phoebe Allan - 'Curham's plot is magical, witty, sad, and funny and tackles some tough issues that all teenage girls will relate to.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'The Moonlight Dreamers is the book I’ve been waiting to be written for years - female empowerment, realistic, creative female characters, and ordinary girls with extraordinary ways of looking at the world.'
  • Jessica Anderson, age 13 - 'I loved the way poetry was used throughout the book, it was very well written and I adore the poem Awaken Your Sleeping Beauty.'
  • Felicity Kerswell, age 13 - 'A great read!! This book will make you scream and laugh but you will want to read more and more. The quotes throughout the book are lovely. I loved this book and I hope you do too!'
  • Destiny Maraj, age 14 - 'I absolutely loved it. It was so original and heart-warming.'


The Moonlight Dreamers by Siobhan Curham

A inspirational, heart-warming book about four girls trying to find their place in the world. Siobhan Curham celebrates very different but like-minded friends in this captivating novel.

Amber craves excitement and adventure. Instead, she's being bullied at school for having two dads, and life at home isn't much better. Inspired by Oscar Wilde, Amber realizes that among the millions of people in London, there must be others who feel the same as she does; other dreamers - moonlight dreamers. After chance encounters with Maali, Sky and Rose, Amber soon recruits the three girls to the Moonlight Dreamers. It's high time they started pursuing their dreams, and how better than with the support of friends?


A inspirational, heart-warming book about four girls trying to find their place in the world. Siobhan Curham celebrates very different but like-minded friends in this captivating novel. * Blog of a Bookaholic * A charming and inspirational story about friendship, dreams and being true to yourself. * BookTrust * A promising first novel with no lack of heart and soul. * School Library Association * A heart-warming story told from the point of view of four girls, who feel they don't fit in. [...] An inspirational story about friendship, life and finding your place in the world. A story that will have significance for many teenagers. * Carousel * In her moving and inspiring story Siobhan Curham addresses the needs of teenagers today through the wonderful power of dreams the imagination. * The School Librarian * I liked all the characters, and although they were all different, I could relate to them and I started to know, like and worry about them, just like friends. I was kept reading right to the end and I would definitely recommend this books to my friends. * Teen Titles, reader review *

About the Author

Siobhan Curham

Siobhan Curham has many strings to her bow. She is an editor for Hothouse fiction, a life-coach, the author of several adult novels and she runs writing workshops for young people. Her first YA novel, Dear Dylan, won the YoungMinds Award and her second, Finding Cherokee Brown, has received high praise. The Shipwrecked saga is a new, edgier strand to Siobhan’s writing, for slightly older YA readers.

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Publication date

7th July 2016


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Walker Books Ltd


352 pages


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